Following the Monday Night Football game (yes, I watched while cleaning up around the house), we managed to put together an initial MP game of 5-player Slayer with OtterChaos (known to all of us here at OO as Zinfan), prOner, myself (PhillyPeteRock), my wife (MoosNukle), and Kasei Vallis (known as Caine on the boards).
The five of us began the night with a round of Slayer with map default weapons on Epitaph. The level design and overall size worked well for such a small MP group, and it was certainly a hectic free-for-all chock full of explosions, "B-is-for-bitch-slaps", and a number of John Woo-esque firefights between players. At the close of the round PhillyPeteRock emerged victorious in his first ever individual MP victory.
PrOner was close behind with 18 kills, Kasei Vallis took third with 14 kills, MoosNukle finished in fourth place with a respectable 10 kills (map default weapons isn't her strong suit), and OtterChaos finished out the group with 7 kills.
Fortunately everyone stuck around for another game despite my merciless killing sprees, and a polite request was made for Slayer with Rockets (a personal favorite of my wife). Rockets should even up the playing field a bit because those that have difficulty aiming with various weapons would be able to take advantage of "horseshoes and hand grenades" (as in "close only counts in..."), and the excessive number of explosions should make for one hell of an entertaining match. We played on Construct and it was pure mayhem whenever someone detonated a rocket near the explosive canisters stored on the lower level. This round was much
closer than the previous with PhillyPeteRock finishing in first with 25 kills, Kasei Vallis close behind with 22, MoosNukle moving up to third with 15 kills, and Pr0ner and OtterChaos rounding out the group with 12 and 9 kills respectively.
Once we felt like we had a sufficent opportunity to warm up, and because so many enjoyed Slayer with Rockets, we played another round on The Pit. Over the course of the game SensuousLettuce (ATB over at GT) joined the game along with Max Smalls (only know him through Halo 3 and am not sure where he hails from), and his friend The Pone. It was this round that Pr0ner and I learned that there exists some kind of indescribable magnetism between us. Perhaps it could be my impressive good looks, or my glowing olive skin, but around every turn there was Pr0ner in my sights (and vice versa). We were each the other's "most killed". And when the others joined the game turned into an explosive, chaotic, hilarious battle. Yet again PhillyPeteRock finished on top, but in a surprise development my wife MoosNukle finished tied for second
with Pr0ner with 15 kills, with Kasei Vallis in third, SensuousLettuce in fourth, OtterChaos in fifth, and the two latest additions (Max Smalls and The Pone) in last.
And this brings us to the highlight of the night. Team Slayer.......with Rockets
. Muhahahahaha. Four on four, no mercy, plenty of explosive carnage. Teams were: Blue - PhillyPeteRock, SensuousLettuce, MoosNukle, and OtterChaos versus Red - Max Smalls, The Pone, Pr0ner, and Kasei Vallis.
Round 1: Played on Last Resort - Yet again I found myself facing off against Pr0ner more than anyone else, sometimes getting the better of him, sometimes being shot threw the air like a rag doll. One of the funniest moments of the night happened when I was battling with Pr0ner. I have opponent chatter set to "proximity", so whenever an enemy is nearby and talking, I can hear that enemy through my surround speakers as if he was an NPC or a passer-by on the street, part of the ambient sounds in the game. Well, following a vicious explosion due to one of Pr0ner's rockets, I was sent flying through the air, like an Eagle some might say, and while I was gloriously soaring to my death I heard Pr0ner yell, "FlyyyyyyyPhillyPete, flyyyyyyyyyy
" as I flew by him. My wife and I have not laughed so hard in a very long time. What was even funnier is I don't think he had any idea we could hear
The match ended with the Blue Team on top 50 to 40, with PhillyPeteRock having 17 kills, SensuousLettuce having 15 kills, MoosNukle holding her own with 14 kills, and OtterChaos doing his part by adding those crucial kills to win the match with 4.
This was supposed to have been the final game of the night as some of the east-coasters were hoping to get some rest since it was close to 1am in their time zone. Mainly because Pr0ner was unhappy with his paltry performance of just 7 kills and he refused to end the night on such a low note.
Our competitive spirit got the best of us and we all decided that one more game would be appropriate. Teams were kept the same, at Pr0ner's request (vengance was on his mind), and this time we played Team Slayer on Valhalla. And here is where one of the other hysterical moments of the night took place.
My wife and I were near each other on the map, and we heard an engine revving in the distance and both said, "Uh-oh, here comes someone on a vehicle." But she then turned to me and said, "But what's that other noise?" Not only could we hear the ATV hauling ass toward us, but we could hear the people
on the ATV due to my communications proximity settings. And so as they got closer we could hear, "NO NO NO NO! WE'RE GOING TO TIP! THERE THEY ARE! TURN, NO, TURN, WAIT, HOLD IT STEADY, HERE THEY COME, WAIT WAIT WAIT, WE'RE TIPPING, STOP BOUNC<<BLAM>>
" When we were able to regain some composure after laughing hysterically
at the exchange we could hear and the complete lack of stealth displayed by our opponents, MoosNukle and I fired two rockets in the direction of the ATV and scored a double kill in the process. But what was even funnier is they did it again
. We were running through the field and again
we heard two crazies on an ATV screaming and carrying on, laughing hysterically, and again their joy ride was ended with <<BLAM>>
. The fact that we could hear them screaming from on top of an ATV as it speeds by in our surround speakers as if their voices are part of the ambient sounds in the game map was just incredible..........and
hysterical. I think they tried this two more times before the game finally ended. Yes, they died in the process, but it was funny as hell and it sure sounded like they were having an absolute blast
Another comedic moment happened when MoosNukle was killed by Pr0ner. I could see a pretty heated battle going on in the distance between them, and Pr0ner finally emerged victorious, and as he ran by my wife's corpse she could hear him say, "Heh-heh-heh." We both laughed a lot
last night. Just hearing what other people are saying as ambient sounds is just awesome
This final match ended with the Blue Team on top once again, with a score of 50 to 42. PhillyPeteRock put up 21 kills, followed by SensuousLettuce with 17, MoosNukle with 8 (in her defense she had to get up for a bit because she was getting one of her migraines and had to fire down some Excedrine), and OtterChaos maintaining an impressive level of consistancy in again contributing those last few crucial kills for a team victory with 4 kills.
Pr0ner managed to improve on his previous game with 17 kills, allowing him to finally retire to bed without a poor showing hanging over his head, Kasei Vallis put up 11 kills, The Pone contributed 8, Max Smalls put up 5, and DamageInc GT jumped in near the end and scored one kill.
This was a completely random evening, and we fortunately found willing participants to put together a few pick-up games of rockets. Everyone had a wonderful time, the sportsmanship and camaraderie were both top-notch, and the action was frequent, visceral, and hysterical. It is a privledge to belong to such a great community, to have everyone welcome my wife to the game with open arms to treat her "like one of the guys", and because of how much fun we all had and how positive my wife's experience was, she will almost always be a willing participant in future games.
And she might even turn her mic on once she feels more comfortable around the group. Thanks for a great night, guys. And thanks for welcoming my wife into the mix. She had a blast (up until a bad migraine hit and she had to crash). Looking forward to future matches.